About 7,500 varieties of apples grow throughout the world and the largest apple ever grown is from Japan. The Hokuto breed (malus domestica) is a cross between the Fiji and Mutsu species.
A Hokuto apple that weighed in at 4 lbs. 1 oz. was discovered by Chisato Iwasaki in Hirosaki City, Japan on Oct. 24, 2005, making it the largest apple ever recorded. The apple made it into the "Guinness World Records 2005" book for heaviest apple.
The Hokuto is a large yellow fruit that often has pink striping. Its large size and round shape stems from the Mutsu. The fruit is harvested in late mid-season. The tree grows to a height of 30 feet and a width of 15 feet, and its fragrant flowers are attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.
Taste and Texture
The Hokuto's pale yellow flesh has the crisp, firm texture of the Fuji. It is sweet and juicy, with an excellent flavor. This apple variety works for both baking and snacking.